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Wanna cover a Tennessee scrimmage? That'll be 50 bucks, please ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by NatureBoy, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. NatureBoy

    NatureBoy Member

    Didn't see this posted anywhere else, but this one threw me for a loop.

    Reader's Digest version: Tennessee opened a spring scrimmage to the media, on the condition those outlets dropped $50 to attend a Vols coaching clinic.

    More info in the link below:


    I could write forever on this, but I'll just sum it up by saying, "Yeah, not cool."
  2. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    You mean something happened at Tennessee that they can't blame on Lane Kiffin?
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't mind paying if they also slipped me a double sawbuck for attending their press conferences.
  5. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    I'd more rather spend the $50 and declare myself a Pulitzer Prize finalist. ;D
  6. Brian Cook

    Brian Cook Member

    Highly misrepresentative:
    OK, let's be clear on the whole $50 pay-per-view plan. The Vols' scrimmage was part of a coaches' clinic where UT's staff, a handful of NFL assistants and Southern football icon Vince Dooley spoke. Attendance at the scrimmage was included in the $50 fee.

    Some media members were informed they could attend the coaching clinic — and scrimmage — for the going rate of $50.
    Michigan, for one, doesn't let media into its coaches clinic at all.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Not sure what you are saying is being misrepresented. Seems to me that the school was offering special access to folks willing to pay for it.
  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    You mean like when an assistant coach goes over the gameplan with certain season ticket holders before the game?
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    The way the handled themselves at final Kiffin presser gave The Vols the impression they were dealing with a bunch of patsy's that could be walked over.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Unfortunately, for the most part, that's true.
  11. Brian Cook

    Brian Cook Member

    Many schools have coaches' clinics. The ones I know only let people who are actual football coaches in, no media. Tennessee allowing media folk to pony up is actually a laxer policy than a lot of schools maintain, and this guy is complaining.

    I mean, how many reports on how Defensive Coordinator explains tackling technique do you see in the paper? Zero. Do you think maybe there's a reason for this?
  12. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Active Member

    The scrimmage should be open to the media if it's open to the public, even if the public is paying. Just like game day.

    If the school wants to have a closed scrimmage, that's fine.

    Charging the media to attend is unethical. Just as it would be unethical for me to attend only if they promised me a free jersey or whatever.
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